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PATH Intl. Sponsors

If you have questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, please contact Megan Ferry


Title Sponsor - $20,000+ 



Platinum Sponsor - $15,000+  

English Riding Supply
Equine Network/AIM   


Gold Sponsors - $10,000+ 

Bayer HealthCare Animal Health

Kentucky Performance Products



Silver - $7,500+   




Bronze - $5,000+   


Equus Foundation 



Pewter - $2,500+   





Triple Crown Nutrition 



Corporate Member Offers Special to PATH Intl. Members

SureHands Lift and Care Systems, a PATH Intl. Corporate Member who exhibited at the PATH Intl. Conference in San Diego, is offering a special to PATH Intl. Members in California and Nevada -- $500 off a SureHands lift system when you contact them for a site evaluation and quote by Dec. 31, 2014. Contact their CA Rep, Lift & Transfer Specialists at (877) 542-5438 and mention this offer. This is a great opportunity for your center to check into lift solutions for your participants! 

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Recipients of the 2013 Equine Industry Vision Award

sponsored by Zoetis, presented by American Horse Publications

  November 18, 2014  


Message From CEO Kathy Alm

Kathy AlmThe annual conference in San Diego was a great time of learning and connecting. Throughout the conference, I shared my thoughts on the future of PATH Intl. and the EAAT industry and updated the membership on progress toward our strategic goals. For those of you unable to attend conference this year, here is a snippet of what those attending heard:


"I believe that PATH Intl. should be a household name - a trusted brand that everyone knows means safe and effective EAAT services are found here. That's a simple statement to make, but it's what Jim Collins would call a BEHAG: A Big Hairy Audacious Goal. Through execution of our strategic plan, I know we can make that vision a reality. Progress to date includes a thorough analysis of our current instructor credentialing process with a roadmap for improvement and the formation of a Quality Assurance Task Force whose recommendations on the creation of an effective grievance procedure provide a process for ensuring that membership is upholding the standards.


"Other areas of focus include: Best practice standards for the treatment of our partner, the equine; research focused on outcomes that support the work being done at our centers; educational opportunities that provide the ongoing education necessary to be successful; alignment with universities and colleges and other institutions of learning to ensure their teaching aligns with our standards and that we are working together to make a career in EAAT viable, including a living wage; and finally and equally as important, partnerships throughout the EAAT community to make the industry stronger as a whole."


I look forward to continued progress as we move forward together.


Center Membership Renewals

Thank you for your commitment to safety, ethical practices and professionalism in equine-assisted activities and therapies. To ensure that PATH Intl. continues to provide your center with premium education and to maintain uninterrupted access to the wealth of benefits available to PATH Intl. centers, please renew your center membership by December 31.

Online center renewal for 2015 is now available. Online registration makes it especially easy to renew your registration before it expires. With the elimination of paper, you'll end any worry about losing your form on the desk or in the mail.

Click here to renew online. NOTE: The center's primary contact or executive director must be logged in to their personal account in order to renew online.

If you need to update the primary contact for your center, please send in a center change notification form or a premier accredited center change notification form.

Of course, if you prefer to send in a hard copy renewal, that is still an option. Download and complete the center renewal booklet and renewal invoice, and mail it in.

Click here to download the center renewal booklet.

Centers that prefer to pay by check may now complete the center renewal booklet online and mail a check for center membership dues.

For more information about renewing your center membership, please visit our FAQ page or the Center Renewal page


WWP & PATH Intl. Level 2 Warrior Intensive Workshop Pilot Program

PATH Intl. and Wounded Warrior Project are excited to announce the Level 2 Warrior Intensive Workshop Pilot Program for 2015!  These workshops will provide opportunities for 40 WWP Alumni, who have completed a minimum of one session (10 lessons) to further their horsemanship skills in advanced-level, themed workshops hosted by PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers: BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding in Harvard, IL, and Rainier Therapeutic Riding in Yelm, WA. 


All workshop, travel, lodging and meal costs for warriors are covered by the Wounded Warrior Project.


For more information or applications, please contact Stefani Viktora-Anderson.


Thank you to Wounded Warrior Project for making this amazing program happen!


PATH Intl. Membership Benefit From NTRA

Through an agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, PATH Intl. Members are entitled to special savings on products used for equine farms, businesses or personal use.



Your PATH Intl. membership will provide you discounts with Nationwide, John Deere, Sherwin-Williams, OfficeMax, Valvoline, and UPS. You can buy products directly from these companies at greatly reduced prices - no minimums required!

How to Join 

To enroll and enjoy the benefits, call (866) 678-4289 or email Jenny McCoy at NTRA.


Join the Society of Visionaries and Be Part of Leading the Future of PATH Intl.

Those of you who attended the recent PATH Intl. Conference in San Diego may have seen Martha Jefferson walking among you. The PATH Intl. Society of Visionaries held its first Jeffersonian Dinner on October 30, 2014. Fourteen attendees participated in a high-level conversation on the status of EAAT today. If you would like to be invited to our next Jeffersonian Dinner and join this distinguished group who are devoted to the excellence of PATH Intl. and ensuring its future, please consider donating $1,000 or more or leaving PATH Intl. in your estate plans in order to advance our mission of promoting safety and optimal outcomes in EAAT for individuals with special needs.

Questions? Email Megan Ferry or call her at (303) 452-1212, ext. 107.  


Equine Tips

Heads Up
By Cathy Languerand, Chairperson, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
Most of you have gone to an equine event and heard the shout, "Heads up, loose horse." Anyone who works with horses has asked a horse to lower his head. Let's take a look at the how, why and when of heads up and head drops. Read more ...


The PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee is making a commitment to refine and deepen our perspective of equine well-being to include the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our wonderful four-legged partners. I invite you to join us on this journey. Please add your thoughts on PATH Intl. Community Connections page. It is my desire that these tips start a further discussion on Community Connections. Any thoughts? We appreciate hearing from you!



VA Grant Direct Service Application for PATH Intl. PACs - Deadline Approaching

PATH Intl. is honored to announce its status as one of 69 grant awardees from the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs to support disabled veterans in adaptive sports. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of approximately $8 million in grants to provide adaptive sports opportunities for an estimated 10,000 wounded veterans and service personnel of the Armed Forces. Over 170 applications requesting $42,000,000 were submitted.


PATH Intl. was awarded $100,000 for the period of October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. Funds will benefit an estimated 1,500 deserving veterans as a result of their direct participation in equine-assisted activities and therapies at PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers.


For the period of October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, PATH Intl. will provide $50,000 in reimbursements for direct participation in equine-assisted activities and therapies at PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers. Allocations of $5,000 will be awarded to a minimum of 10 centers as a reimbursement for EAAT services provided for veterans and armed service members (VSM). Funds will be allocated until the $50,000 is expended. The deadline is November 30th


Click here for the application and guidelines for PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers.


For more information or questions, please contact Stefani Viktora-Anderson.


Last Chance to Respond, Value Survey for PATH Intl. Member Centers and Premier Accredited Centers

The Member Center and Premier Accredited Center Value surveys will close on November 23rd. Your response provides valuable data to the association concerning the benefits offered to our members. PATH Intl. strives to provide its member centers with both tangible and intangible benefits. This value survey asks member centers about their satisfaction in the organization and addresses the benefits of membership. Just a reminder, if you haven't yet, please complete the survey. Completion of the survey will make you eligible for $50 in PATHBucks. 


Center Member Survey


Premier Accredited Center Member Survey  

Thank you for your time!


Share Your Stories With a PATH Intl. Member for an Upcoming Book

Have a great success story to share? It could be featured in an upcoming book about therapeutic riding and driving.


Nanette Holt, a PATH Intl. Member, volunteer at a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Florida, and professional writer and editor, is putting together a collection of inspiring, heartwarming and true stories that have come out of the work we do. Her hope is that the book will encourage participants, educate providers and even help centers raise money.  


If you have a wonderful story to share about the work you do -- a story that really demonstrates a dramatic change in a participant's life because of a relationship with a horse or time in the saddle -- please send a brief summary of the story to Nanette or email her for more information. Share those successes and help tell the world about what we do and why we do it!  


Congratulations to PATH Intl. Member

PATH Intl. Member Sarah Armentrout was recently elected to the USEF Para-Equestrian High Performance Committee. The committee meets throughout the year to discuss both high performance and national level matters affecting the Para-Equestrian discipline.

Sarah is also the co-founder with her husband, Nick, of the Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Theapy & Sports, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Lyman, ME. Click here to read the press release from USPEA.

Congratulations, Sarah!


SmartPak Horse of the Month

SmartPak is looking to choose the next Horse of the Month, which will receive $100 of SmartPak products for a month. Nominate your horse for a chance to win! Photos are highly encouraged!


PATH Intl. Events Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, contact Bret Maceyak at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114, with questions. All dates are subject to change. To register for an event, please contact the host site directly. You can locate contact information under Find a Center on the PATH Intl. homepage or on the PATH Intl. events calendar.

PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Practical Skills Testing  

November 20-23, 2014

Horse Power at Touchstone Farm, Temple, NH

February 19-22, 2015
Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Inc., Coconut Creek, FL

March 12-15, 2015
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center, Williamsburg, VA

April 11-14, 2015
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

April 16-19, 2015
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center, Milford, PA


PATH Intl. Advanced Certification
May 27-29, 2015
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

Please visit the PATH Intl. events calendar for a list of 2014-15 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications. 



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